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Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009

Whitestone Times

Cops seek woman missing from College Point home

COLLEGE POINT — Police in the 109th Precinct were searching Tuesday for a missing older woman. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Police need public’s help identifying groper

BRIARWOOD — Police in the 107th Precinct have sought the public’s help identifying a man wanted for groping a woman in a subway station earlier this month. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Queens Botanical Garden receives public space award

Residents may argue about whether or not Queens is a great place to live, but there is no question it is home to a great public space. Comment.
Whitestone Times

QCC to exhibit Spanish artist

Queensborough Community College will explore the contrast of reality vs. perception for the next three months as the school’s art gallery hosts an exhibit featuring the work of Spanish installation artist Quintana Martelo. Comment.
Whitestone Times

SJU honors grad’s leadership

The St. John’s University School of Law celebrated the 40th anniversary of the graduation of Ronald H. Brown, the first black U.S. secretary of commerce, with a two-day program last week designed to inspire a conversation about the role race plays in law and how to increase diversity in the legal field. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Council backs Gennaro’s gas-drilling-ban resolution

The City Council unanimously passed Councilman James Gennaro’s (D-Fresh Meadows) resolution Monday that calls on Albany to ban drilling in the city’s watershed — a move he has said would result in the city spending billions of dollars on a filtration system and could potentially contaminate the drinking water supply for residents in the city and Westchester. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Carrozza has best year for her veterans drive

State Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside) said the struggling economy has not prevented residents in her district from being generous after a Veterans Day gift drive she organizes annually brought in more donations during the past few months than it had the past few years. Comment.
Whitestone Times

State advises Con Ed after Floral Pk. blast

The state Public Service Commission last week offered nine suggestions as to how Con Edison can be better equipped to handle emergencies following the April explosion in a Floral Park home that killed Guyanese immigrant Ghanwatti Boodram. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Replanting work begins in weedy corner of Udalls Cove

A section of Udalls Cove is undergoing a major renovation that will include the removal of weeds that have overrun the Douglaston site as well as the planting of 14 species that are indigenous to the northeast Queens shoreline. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Council OKs College Point police academy

The City Council voted almost unanimously Monday to construct a new police academy in College Point to replace the current one in Manhattan, which is more than 40 years old. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flushing Savings Bank repays $70M bailout loan

The Flushing Savings Bank announced earlier this month that it has paid back the $70 million it received in December 2008 from the U.S. Treasury Department through the Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP, as it is commonly known. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Qns. College receives grant

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $1.2 million grant to Queens College’s Asian/American Center to launch a new program that will focus on studying the borough’s burgeoning Asian population, school officials announced Monday. Comment.
Editorial

Religious Freedom Started Here

More than 100 years before the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, a bold document that has come to be known as the Flushing Remonstrance was issued proclaiming the right to religious freedom in the new colonies. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Government agencies provide services to protect consumers

The September Rosedale Civic Association newsletter had an article warning people that there is an increasing number of new scammers opening storefront offices, adverting foreclosure assistance and charging fees. Due to subprime sales, many people who bought houses at low rates suddenly discover after a year or two that the interest rates they signed for go up high. Comment.
Bayside Times

Bayside youth gets chance to report on city

A 10-year-old Bayside fifth-grader with a nose for news has been chosen to write as a journalist for the Scholastic Kids Press Corps, where he will report on everything from red carpet events to coverage of the five boroughs throughout the next year. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man crossing Grand Central killed in hit-run

EAST ELMHURST — Police in the 115th Precinct were searching for the hit-and-run driver who killed a young man crossing the Grand Central Parkway on foot early Saturday morning. Comment.
Astoria Times

Police seek missing girl from Woodside

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police in the 114th Precinct are searching for a Woodside teen missing since Nov. 10. Comment.
Astoria Times

Police nab throat-slasher in Jackson Heights: DA

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A Jackson Heights man is behind bars after allegedly slashing another man’s throat during a fight, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Far Rock rapist draws 50 to 75 years in prison

KEW GARDENS — A former Far Rockaway man already serving three years in prison for grand larceny was sentenced to between 50 and 75 years behind bars Tuesday after DNA evidence showed he raped a woman in 1996 and a 12-year-old girl in 2004, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Letters

Bloomy should have spent money on those in need, not his campaign

An open letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment.
Letters

TimesLedger gets it wrong on College Point hate crime

As someone who works in College Point and lives nearby, I was upset to see the woefully ill-informed Oct. 29 editorial (“No Need for This March,” TimesLedger Newspapers) on the march and rally against a recent anti-gay hate crime. Comment.
Letters

Awareness walk a great success

On Oct. 25, I attended a breast cancer awareness walk/wheel-a-thon in Whitestone, organized by the Queens Center for Rehabilitation. Gayle Kirschenbaum and Dan Muskin of the center invited me to join in as a past resident, since I recently recuperated there from a broken leg. Comment.
Letters

New bottle law better protects nature

Last month, New Yorkers were treated to an environmental victory: the Bigger Better Bottle bill went into effect midnight Oct. 31. Comment.
Letters

Bloomberg’s campaign less than stellar

Notwithstanding Mayor Michael Bloomberg having spent eight years as mayor, an alleged first-hand knowledge of finances and spent close to $100 million on a re-election campaign as compared to city Comptroller Bill Thompson’s less than $10 million, the best Bloomberg could do was beat Thompson by only 50,000 votes and even less if we take into account the close to 40,000 votes garnered by other candidates (“Voters return Marshall, mayor as Liu swept in as comptroller,” TimesLedger Newspapers, Nov. 5). Comment.
Letters

Admire public servants, not athletes

We should never forget that the real heroes are those who risk their lives every day and dedicate themselves to saving lives. Cops, firefighters, EMS workers, doctors, nurses and all our troops fit this description. Comment.
Letters

Do not tread on freedom of religion as expressed by uniformed workers

Recently, the U.S. Army issued a decision allowing Capt. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi to keep his beard and continue to wear a turban in accordance with his Sikh faith. Though the army generally does not allow long hair and turbans, cutting hair is against the Sikh religion, so people like Kalsi have to choose between serving their country and following their religious traditions. Comment.
Editorial

An Intolerant Few

Is it possible there are people in Queens who are frustrated by the sight of men looking for work? Comment.
Astoria Times

Political Action: Halloran’s campaign won because it focused on issues

I recently interviewed Darryl Fox, the director of City Councilman-elect Dan Halloran’s campaign in the 19th Council District. Aside from the candidate himself, much of the credit for this victory should go to Fox and his campaign staff, which worked hard to bring this race to a successful conclusion. Comment.
Astoria Times

QueensLine: Snyder’s lawyer, executioner met on Queens court steps

The U.S. Crematory Co., which held its meetings in the Society for Ethical Culture in New York building, raised $35,000 to build the Mt. Olivet Crematory. The building was comprised of brick and marble salvaged from the old St. Nicholas Hotel and at nearly three stories one could see the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dishing with Dee: Confusion reigns over election of Queens Republican chair

Will the real GOP Queens chairman please stand up? That seems to be the question being asked in certain areas of the Republican organization in Queens. On Sept. 15 this year, the primaries were held in the county. Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg: Why must the Thanksgiving meal revolve around a turkey?

The year has turned its circle,/The seasons come and go./The harvest is all gathered in/And chilly north winds blow./Orchards have shared their treasures,/The fields their yellow grain,/So open wide the doorway —/Thanksgiving comes again! — Anonymous Comment.
Astoria Times

I Sit And Look Out: Show thanks by giving back to your fellow man

As usual, when we think about it, we have much to be thankful for this holiday season. And, as usual, it is good to remind ourselves of the blessings of living in a democracy. Comment.
Astoria Times

South Queens Speaks: Woodhaven residents plagued by many quality of life issues

Complaints of sewer blockage, speeding cars and unsolicited material in Woodhaven were some of the complaints from residents at a recent Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association meeting. Comment.
Astoria Times

Asian voter harassment claims eyed

An organization that protects the civil rights of Asian Americans said it is investigating complaints of voter harassment during the Nov. 3 City Council race between Dan Halloran and Kevin Kim, who is Korean American. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queensbridge woman set on fire: Police

A Brooklyn man was arrested in his hospital bed after allegedly dousing his girlfriend with gasoline and setting her on fire in her Queensbridge Houses apartment Sunday morning, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astorians await rezoning

Even as Astoria residents in a small area known as Norwood Gardens celebrate the pending rezoning of their blocks, they face problems. Comment.
Astoria Times

Council OKs Muni-Meter grace period

The City Council has approved a five-minute grace period on parking meter expirations to help tardy motorists. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he would veto the measure, but the Council said it would override the veto. Comment.
Astoria Times

Far Rockaway men to get at least 50 years for slays

Two men, including one from Far Rockaway, face up to 50 years to life in prison after they were convicted Friday in the 2005 murders of a man and a woman and the attempted murder of two men, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Unborn Victims bill hits home

An Arverne woman whose daughter and unborn child were killed on the daughter’s due date is going to Albany this week to ask for tougher penalties for those who kill a pregnant woman. Comment.
Astoria Times

Crowley’s anti-idling bill becomes law

A bill to penalize drivers who leave their idling cars unattended on the street was signed into law today by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, capping off the efforts of the family of the Middle Village teenager whose death inspired the legislation and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village). Comment.
Astoria Times

Film crews find refuge at school in Forest Hills

Hollywood just can’t seem to stay away from Forest Hills. Comment.
Astoria Times

Landlord’s Iran ties leave Woodside school in limbo

The largest Muslim school in Queens may have some relocation problems ahead of it after the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office filed papers seeking to seize its landlord’s properties. Comment.
Astoria Times

Israeli fund-raiser at Citi Field angers Palestinian rights group

A Manhattan-based group supporting Palestinian rights in the bitterly contested West Bank of Israel is turning its sights on the New York Mets after the organization agreed to host a fund-raising dinner at its Caesar’s Club restaurant for a group that supports Israeli settlers in the same area. Comment.
Astoria Times

Richmond Hill surfer dies

A Richmond Hill amateur surfer died after he got caught in the surf while riding the waves in Rockaway Beach last Thursday, witnesses said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Alumni rally to save Rock. Beach school

It is being pegged for closure after June, but alumni of Stella Maris High School have launched an effort to save the all-girls Catholic school. Comment.
Astoria Times

Council plans 911 hearing after fire

City Council members are adding their voices to calls for closer scrutiny of a new 911 dispatch system they say may be to blame for errors like the one that sent a fire truck to the wrong block of Woodside Nov. 7 in response to a fatal blaze. Comment.
Astoria Times

Plan for Flushing building catches officials off guard

Ground is to be broken by March on a tall glass building to be used as a medical center and residential complex in downtown Flushing, according to a designer working on the project, but several elected officials said they had notheard of it until this week. Comment.
Astoria Times

New chief takes over at Transit Authority

Thomas Prendergast, who once served as president of the Long Island Rail Road, is the new president of the New York City Transit Authority, which operates the city’s buses and subways. Comment.
Astoria Times

Springfield Gdns. fire kills man

A 75-year-old retired Con Edison worker died Monday after returning back to his burning home to retrieve his cell phone and two of his relatives were injured in a one-alarm fire that engulfed a Springfield Gardens home, a relative and fire officials said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Rabbi becomes first female to lead Conservative synagogue

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin became the first female to head a Conservative synagogue in Queens Sunday, a move even those most skeptical of change have embraced, congregants at the Israel Center of Conservative Judaism in Fresh Meadows said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Center run by North Shore-LIJ helps military families deal with war, stress

The toll of war extends far beyond the soldier fighting in it. Comment.
Astoria Times

Synagogue in Astoria landmarked

After more than eight decades of operation, an Astoria synagogue known for its lush interior has earned a spot on the state and national Register of Historic Places. Comment.
Astoria Times

Qns. delays expected with bridge repairs

The city Department of Transportation has begun a half-billion-dollar rehabilitation project to restore seven bridges on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, which is expected to affect Queens residents significantly. Comment.
Astoria Times

Rego Center debut delayed until February

Rego Center is slated to open in February after being in the works for years, but some Community Board 6 members are worried the mall that will house such anchor stores as Costco, T.J. Maxx and Kohl’s will create heavy traffic congestion in the area, CB 6 District Manager Frank Gulluscio and CB 6 President Joseph Hennessy said this week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Army pilot lands at SJU

Lt. Col. Richard Gulley has flown all over the world, from Kosovo to Rwanda, and he has now anchored himself as the newest addition in St. John’s University’s ROTC program to which he hopes to draw not just recruits but those interested in learning a little more about the military. Comment.
Astoria Times

MidVil man faces life for mutilating 2 men

A Middle Village man who killed and cut up two alleged drug dealers who sold him fake narcotics was found guilty of first-degree murder in Suffolk County last week, the Suffolk district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

MidVil residents target wood-burning eatery

A new restaurant in Middle Village appears to be pleasing diners with its high-end Italian food, but some neighbors are complaining that its old-style wood-burning oven is giving them a face full of soot. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro high schools earn better grades

Queens high schools fared better on the public school progress reports released this week compared to last year, with more borough institutions landing A’s than they did in 2008. Comment.
Astoria Times

Clocks to let subway riders know when next train arrives

Transit officials have scheduled the installation of countdown clocks by year’s end at three Bronx stations so straphangers will no longer have to lean over subway tracks to determine when the next train is coming. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dems line up behind Peralta for Senate run

Although he already had picked up the endorsement of the Queens Democratic Party, state Assemblyman Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) has begun to rack up individual endorsements in his bid to replace embattled state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst). Comment.
Astoria Times

Astoria leaders fight Con Ed’s plan to hike rates

Western Queens elected officials blasted a request by Con Edison last week to raise the gas and steam rates of borough residents and businesses in a move that would go into effect next fall. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens remembers Flight 587

Ana Espinal lost her mother, Petronila Hierro, on Nov. 12, 2001, when American Airlines Flight 587 went down in Belle Harbor shortly after it took off, killing 265 people. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009

Whitestone Times

Two robbers in Bayside took man’s wallet: Cops

BAYSIDE — Two suspects were arrested the evening of Nov. 4 in connection with the robbery of a victim who was walking on the street near the intersection of Bell Boulevard and 46th Avenue, said police. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Two men fail to steal purse from woman’s car

BAYSIDE — A woman was approached Friday by two males in the parking lot of the Dunkin’ Donuts at 35-47 Francis Lewis Blvd., who offered to repair some existing damage to her vehicle, police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

$10K in merchandise stolen from nail salon

BAYSIDE — An unidentified man damaged the rear door while breaking into the Salon LuLu Nail Salon near the intersection of 203rd Street and 35th Avenue Saturday, police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Auburndale hair salon broken into, burgled

AUBURNDALE — An unidentified person entered the For Your Hair Only salon at 36-28 Francis Lewis Blvd. Nov. 7 by forcing the rear door open, police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flushing ceremony reveals China’s tea legacy

Flushing played a part in the continuing narrative of Chinese tea ceremonies when the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel hosted an event which educated residents about the history, importance and traditions of the beloved drink while offering an opportunity to view a ceremony and taste the country’s delicate teas. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Remonstrance exhibit unveiled in Flushing

The Flushing Library and Queensborough Community College’s Holocaust resource center will be celebrating religious freedom through the rest of the year with a new exhibit on the Flushing Remonstrance. Comment.
Whitestone Times

City pays RFK teen $55K in settlement

New York City last Thursdaysettled a $55,000 federal lawsuit filed by a Flushing high school student allegedly injured by a school-safety agent on Sept. 19, 2008. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Halloran win not a surprise to Queens Dems

Queens Democrats said they were not shocked at Republican City Councilman-elect Dan Halloran’s win over Kevin Kim in last week’s race to replace Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) as the representative for northeast Queens due to the district’s tendency to elect Republicans. Comment.
Whitestone Times

City celebrates ‘Sesame Street’ 40th anniversary

Kaufman Astoria Studios can tell you how to get to “Sesame Street.” Comment.
Whitestone Times

Vegas group nixes proposal for Aqueduct

New York lost a bidder willing to provide at least a $100 million cash influx last week when Wynn Resorts suddenly pulled its bid on a contract to install 2,500 to 4,500 video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park, according to officials. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Meng’s office to help residents pay heat bills

Lower-income city residents seeking help paying their heating bills can start at their elected official’s office, where information and assistance on heating grants will be provided free of charge starting Friday. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Queens GOP seats 3 on Council

During an election marked by turmoil over term limits and a tempestuous Democratic primary season, Queens Republicans last week gained two seats in the City Council and solidified their hold over a third in a borough where the GOP is heavily outnumbered. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Obituary: Martin Tashner, 94

Martin Tashner of Whitestone died Oct. 16. He was 94 and lived in Whitestone at the time of his death. Comment.
Editorial

On Second Thought

Two weeks ago we used this space to criticize political leaders, including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilman Peter Vallone, who came to College Point to protest the beating of Jack Price, an openly gay man. We believed at the time the people who put on this event were being unfairly critical of College Point residents. Comment.
Queens Village

City to fund rehabilitation of foreclosed Qns. homes

The state announced last Thursday that it will be funding new projects to renovate old homes in southeast Queens and the Rockaways and bring more affordable housing to the city. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Holocaust film on rescue train debuts in Queens

Rabbi Jacob Jungreis was only 11 years old, but he remembers the exact moment his life was saved. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Forest Hills congregation remembers Kristallnacht

Congregation Machane Chodosh in Forest Hills remembered the events of Kristallnacht Sunday night with the lighting of six candles used to represent the Holocaust and a series of moving speeches by leaders from across the city Jewish community. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

QC to launch Bukharian course

The fact that Bukharian Jews were forced for decades not to study or publish anything about their culture or history while living in the Soviet Union makes it that much more poignant that Queens College will launch a Bukharian class this spring, the course’s instructor said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Ex-Forest Hills teacher charged with sex chats

A former Forest Hills middle school teacher serving two to six years in jail for violating probation after he pleaded guilty to sending sexual messages to adolescent boys online has been rearrested after investigators discovered conversations with minors on his old work computer in Great Neck, L.I., Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said last week. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: DOB inspectors who allegedly took bribes must get punished

Queens civic associations have long taken an interest in the city Department of Buildings because that agency is supposed to preserve the integrity of Queens communities. Homeowners are concerned about their quality of life since the homes they own are probably the most valuable items the families own. People buy a home in a certain neighborhood with a certain type of home and certain schools so they are naturally concerned with the quality of life in an area. Comment.
Bayside Times

Burglary startles Bell Blvd.

Bell Boulevard business owners say they are very worried after a Rite Aid pharmacy chain store on the commercial strip was burglarized last weekend following the robbery of a neighborhood Radio Shack just two weeks before. Comment.
Bayside Times

CB 11 extends variance to Benz dealers

Community Board 11 voted last week to extend a variance to Bayside’s Helms Bros. on a building they own several doors down from their Northern Boulevard Mercedes-Benz dealership, but some community activists and board members from the neighborhood said they were troubled by the decision. Comment.
Astoria Times

Texas man possessed stun gun in LaGuardia

EAST ELMHURST — Glenn A. Thompson, 48, of El Paso, Texas, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon after he allegedly approached Port Authority Officer Lyndon Charles inside departures terminal No. 8 inside LaGuardia Airport Nov. 1 and informed him that he had a stun gun on his person, according to police. Comment.
Astoria Times

Accident on N. Conduit kills one, injures three

OZONE PARK — Police responded to a vehicle accident at North Conduit Avenue and 78th Street Friday to find four injured passengers, one of whom died, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Police say man attacked his mother’s boyfriend

WOODHAVEN — Officers arrested Steven Poplis, 21, Nov. 4 in front of 95-22 101 Ave. after he allegedly got into a verbal dispute with Massimo DiFiore, 37, and punched him multiple times in the head and chest and hit him in the face with a porcelain lighthouse statue, which shattered on impact, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Police search for two robbers in Woodhaven

WOODHAVEN — The NYPD has asked for the public’s assistance in locating two suspects in a robbery that occurred Oct. 28 at Mortgage Insurance Brokerage at 97-08 101st Ave. Comment.
Letters

Drilling could harm Queens’ water

The debate over drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale, which stretches from the Catskill Mountains to Ohio, does not sound like a city issue. But the eastern edge of the region is beneath the watersheds that supply our drinking water and the method of extracting natural gas from the shale risks contaminating the watershed. Accordingly, I voted against the legislation permitting the drilling. Comment.
Letters

New bottle law better protects nature

This Halloween, New Yorkers were treated to an environmental victory: the Bigger Better Bottle bill went into effect midnight Oct. 31. Comment.
Letters

City and local developers should not mix

Local development corporations serve a useful purpose. They are designed to deal with proposed city development plans in a local area, protect the interests of residents in an area and ensure the city is proceeding in a legal and proper manner. Comment.
Letters

Community’s march for Price shows condemnation of hatred

I was shocked to read TimesLedger Newspapers’ Oct. 29 editorial “No Need for This March,” which questions the purpose of and motivations behind the recent rally in College Point against the beating of Jack Price. Comment.
Letters

Everyone must work to end domestic violence against women

Domestic violence is not a new or recent phenomenon. Sadly, it cuts across generations and cultures. But as common as domestic violence is, what is just as common is the silence that accompanies and emboldens it. Comment.
Editorial

No Pity for Drunk Drivers

It should not be necessary, but it is. A law pending in the state Legislature would make it a felony to get behind the wheel drunk if there are children under 16 in the vehicle. Penalties would start at up to four years in prison and escalate from there if a child were injured or killed. Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg: Getting senior citizens to stop driving easier said than done

A car accident for some seniors is when they make in their pants while driving. Comment.
Astoria Times

Political Action: Halloran defeats Kim in race for Avella’s City Council seat

Shortly before 11 p.m. on the evening of Election Day at Republican City Council candidate Dan Halloran’s campaign headquarters, it was announced Halloran’s Democratic opponent, Kevin Kim, had called him and conceded the race. The assembled gathering of supporters cheered as the winner gave his victory statement. Comment.
Astoria Times

Our History: America has come a long way in the last 100 years

An optimistic and a confident as well as an expanding future characterized our country at the beginning of the 20th century. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dishing with Dee: Queens Int’l Film Festival to give boro red carpet treatment

The fat lady has finally sung and it’s all over — the election, that is. We now know who the winners and who the losers are, but interesting questions remain. Why are some winners and others losers? Comment.
Astoria Times

How’s Business? Love what you do to succeed

How many times have you heard someone say, “I wish I was more successful”? Have you thought about what it takes to be a success? We love to hear success stories, but how can we make ourselves a character in the story itself? I spoke with success coaches who gave me some insight. Comment.
Astoria Times

Sunnyside Pizza starts slinging slices

Commuters riding back from Manhattan and Sunnysiders hungry for a quick evening snack now have a chance to get a piping hot slice of pizza right on Queens Boulevard. Comment.
Astoria Times

Judge approves St. John’s, Mary Immac sale

Brooklyn Bankruptcy Court Judge Carla E. Craig approved the $26.625 million sale of St. John’s and Mary Immaculate hospitals to Guttman Realty last week, Queens borough president spokesman Dan Andrews said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Blaze in Woodside basement kills three, injures four

Three people were killed and four injured in a fire that tore through the basement of an illegally subdivided home in Woodside early Saturday morning after first responders were sent to the wrong address, city Fire Department and Uniformed Firefighters Association officials said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woodside residents angry over day laborers at park

The presence of day laborers at a Woodside park has sparked a war of words as angry neighbors have begun actively protesting to the city, the community board and a food-pantry service run by nuns. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dozens mourn soldier at Corona funeral mass

Few words were spoken during the funeral mass and burial of a South Ozone Park soldier killed last month by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, but the emotions were palpable. Comment.
Astoria Times

Center for Women to host job fair in Flushing

The Center for the Women of New York will host a job fair at Flushing’s Sheraton-LaGuardia East Hotel Nov. 13 that will include a panel of professional women, workshops and a fashion show. Comment.
Astoria Times

City mulling acquisition of St. Saviour’s

As preservationists continue to clash with the owner of the land where the 162-year-old St. Saviour’s Church once stood, the city may be making its first tentative steps toward acquiring the property. Comment.
Astoria Times

Architect plans to examine future of New York Pavilion

The deteriorating New York Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is going partly underground until funds can be found to repair it, and a major architectural firm is working to find new uses for the soon-to-be-landmarked structure. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man pleads, gets five-year sentence after cop shot in Ridgewood: DA

The homeless man whose frisking resulted in the shooting of a police officer in Ridgewood this summer will spend five years behind bars, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens gears up to commence counting residents in Census

Borough President Helen Marshall and a bevy of civic leaders Tuesday launched the city’s first committee to ensure all residents in the nation’s most ethnically diverse county are counted in the 2010 Census. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bloomy won boro by fewer votes than ’05

Though Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s support from Queens voters dwindled this year compared to the last election, he still carried the borough — in part buoyed by individuals who came out to vote for the three Republicans who won City Council seats in Queens, Executive Vice Chair of the Queens GOP Vincent Tabone said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro Dems crossed party lines for Koo

The District 20 City Council race last week was determined not so much by the candidates’ stances on issues, but rather by their visibility and commitment to the communities they were vying to represent, say Democratic leaders and observers. Comment.
Astoria Times

Baseball great Johnny Kropf is All Star to Queens

“When I first got to Minneapolis in 1951 after spring training with the Giants, everyone was telling me what a great player Willie Mays was. We had a centerfielder by the name of Johnny Kropf in 1950 when we won the pennant in Minneapolis, and I thought to myself, ‘He must be pretty good if he beat out a guy who did a fine job for us last year.’” Comment.
Astoria Times

Qns. GOP seats 3 on Council

During an election marked by turmoil over term limits and a tempestuous Democratic primary season, Queens Republicans last week gained two seats in the City Council and solidified their hold over a third in a borough where the GOP is heavily outnumbered. Comment.
Astoria Times

Chinese poet jailed six times tells tale to Queens crowd

In the basement level of the Fresh Meadows Barnes & Noble Monday, a Chinese poet jailed six times for his work kneeled on the ground, raising his arms to the fluorescent-lit ceiling. Comment.

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